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Saturday 18th of September 2021

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1%ers The wealthiest 1 percent of Americans are the nation's most egregious tax evaders, failing to pay as much as $163 billion in owed taxes per year, according to a Treasury Department report released on Wednesday. New York Times, September 8, 2021 © 2021 Kwiple.com
9/11  How could anyone with a sense of history find it unbelievable? Siri Hustvedt, Fnancial Times, September 10, 2021 © 2021 Kwiple.com
9/11 They say there is a lot of people watching. I can’t imagine why. Donald Trump, on memorializing the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by watching him and Junior gigging for an undisclosed sum as ringside commentators for a pay-per-view boxing match in Florida between washed up fighters whose combined ages exceeded 100 © 2021 Kwiple.com
2020 Presidential election A joint statement [Sen. Ted] Cruz issued about the senators' challenge to the vote nicely captured the post-truth aspect of the whole: It never alleged that there was fraud, only that there were allegations of fraud. Allegations of allegations, allegations all the way down. Timothy Snyder, New York Times, January 9, 2021 © 2020 Kwiple.com
2020 Presidential election [W]hile it's true that we snatched democracy from the jaws of autocracy, there is still a gun pointed at democracy's head. Mary Trump, The Reckoning  © 2021 Kwiple.com
Afghanistan War We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail. citation George W. Bush, Address to the Nation, September 20, 2001 © 2021 Kwiple.com
Beliefs A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything. Malcolm X © 2021 Kwiple.com
Christianity The greatest miracle Christianity has achieved in America is that the black man in white Christian hands has not grown violent. Malcolm X, in Autobiography of Malcolm X  © 2021 Kwiple.com
Congress As such, white Protestants are overrepresented in government, and are disproportionately represented in Congress. Currently 77 percent of Congress is made up of whites, compared with 60 percent of the general population, and 55 percent of Congress identify as some kind of Protestant, compared with 43 percent nationally. Mary Trump, The Reckoning  [2021] © 2021 Kwiple.com
COVID-19 coronavirus … almost three hundred thousand Americans had died by Election Day as a direct result of Donald's willfully malicious inaction. But for him, we would not have become  so divided. But for him, a simple lifesaving maneuver like wearing a mask would not have become politicized. But for him, we would not have suffered a mass casualty event in this country every day, for month after month after month. Mary Trump, The Reckoning  © 2021 Kwiple.com
Foreign policy For the fourth or fifth time in my life, America is said to be on the verge of something called “isolationism”. The record, by contrast, tells us to expect another show of force in some remote trouble spot or other by mid-decade. Go with the record. Fusing the worst of the right (aggression) with the worst of the left (righteousness), the itch to intervene is at least cross-partisan. Janan Ganesh, Financial Times, September 7, 2021 [Ganesh was born in 1982] © 2021 Kwiple.com
History In this paper, we show that the local prevalence of slavery — an institution that was abolished 150 years ago — has a detectable effect on present-day political attitudes in the American South. … That is, the larger the number of slaves  per capita in his or her county of residence in 1860, the greater the probability that a white Southerner today will identify as a Republican, oppose affirmative action, and express attitudes indicating some level of “racial resentment.” Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell, Maya Sen, The Political Legacy of American Slavery [2016] © 2021 Kwiple.com
Journalism You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so that  when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you. Donald Trump to Leslie Stahl, who asked him, while taping for 60 Minutes, why he continually attacks the press © 2021 Kwiple.com
Kwiplers say Count votes in Congress by: 1. Calculating a Member's Proportional Vote (MPV) for each member, as follows: MPV = SPNP / NLRS where: SPNP = State's Percentage of the National Population NLRS = Number of Legislators Representing the State (in that legislature) 2. Totaling “yes” MPVs and “no” MPVs 3. Passing if total MPV is more than 50 OTHERWISE Abolish the Senate © 2019 Kwiple.com
Lies The lie outlasts the liar. Timothy Snyder, New York Times, January 9, 2021 © 2021 Kwiple.com
Political inequality The fifty Republican Senators represent  a population that comprises approximately forty-one million fewer citizens than the Democrats represent. Mary Trump, The Reckoning  [2021] © 2021 Kwiple.com
Post-2020 Senate shituation 15 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) 2020 population: 40,085,414 Senators: 30 Republicans 1 Senator per 1,336,180 people 1 state (California) 2020 population: 39,368,075 Senators: 2 Democrats 1 Senator per 19,684,037 people 19,684,037 / 1,336,180 = 14.7, therefore: average 15er's vote is worth nearly 15 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth less than 7% of an average 15er's 1 state (Wyoming) 2020 population = 582,328, therefore: 1 Senator per 291,164 Wyomians, a Wyomian's vote is worth 68 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 1.5% of a Wyomian's  © 2021 Kwiple.com
Post-truth Post-truth is pre-fascism, and Trump has been our post-truth president. When we give up on truth, we concede power to those with the wealth and charisma to create spectacle in its place. Post-truth wears away the rule of law and invites a regime of myth. Timothy Snyder, New York Times, January 9, 2021 © 2021 Kwiple.com
Refugees From 2011 to 2015, global forced displacement increased by more than 50 percent, from 42.5 to 65.3 million people. In 2015 alone, more than 12 million people were newly displaced due to conflict or persecution — meaning that an average of 34,000 individuals per day,  or twenty-four every minute, were leaving their homes to seek protection and security elsewhere. Jennifer Welsh, The Return of History  © 2021 Kwiple.com
Slavery Slavery is not abolished until the black man has the ballot. While the legislatures of the south retain the right to pass laws making any discrimination between black and white, slavery still lives there. Frederick Douglass, Speech delivered at the American Arts Society in New York City (May 10, 1855) © 2021 Kwiple.com
Snapshot The mastermind of the damage [to democratic norms], Mitch McConnell will come to be considered one of the greatest traitors to this country since Robert E.Lee, with this difference — McConnell has been trying to take us down from within. Mitch McConnell portrayed by Mary Trump in The Reckoning  © 2021 Kwiple.com
Snapshot His vision never went further than a mirror. Donald Trump portrayed by Timothy Snyder © 2021 Kwiple.com
State of the union Our current trauma is the culmination of our history, the logical outcome of the stories we tell ourselves, the myths we embrace, and the lies we perpetuate. Mary Trump, The Reckoning  [2021] © 2021 Kwiple.com
Supreme Court Last night, the Court silently acquiesced in a State’s enactment of a law that flouts nearly 50 years of federal precedents. Today, the Court belatedly explains that it declined to grant relief because of procedural complexities of the State’s own invention. Because the Court’s failure to act rewards tactics designed to avoid judicial review and inflicts significant harm on the applicants and on women seeking abortions in Texas, I dissent. Sonia Sotomayor, September 1, 2021, on the decision by Justices Alito, Barrett, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Thomas to not enjoin an unconstitutional Texas law that banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allowed Texas to evade judicial scrutiny by empowering bounty hunters to enforce it © 2021 Kwiple.com
Supreme Court Today’s ruling illustrates just how far the Court’s “shadow-docket“ decisions may depart from the usual principles of appellate process. … the majority’s decision is emblematic of too much of this Court’s shadow docket decisionmaking — which every day becomes more unreasoned, inconsistent, and impossible to defend. Elena Kagan, September 1, 2021, on the decision by Justices Alito, Barrett, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Thomas to not enjoin an unconstitutional Texas law that banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allowed Texas to evade judicial scrutiny by empowering bounty hunters to enforce it © 2021 Kwiple.com
Trumpists say I’m going in with 20 strong men. I’m gonna speak in front of the school board and I’m gonna give them an option. They can leave or they can be removed. And then after that we're gonna replace them with nine parents and we're gonna vote down the mask mandates that evening. That evening. This is how you get stuff done. Forget writing your legislators. Forget it. They’re not listening. You gotta do something. It's us. It's we the people. Steve Lynch, August 29, 2021, Republican candidate for Northhampton County, PA, executive, on school boards that invoke anto-Covid mask mandates © 2021 Kwiple.com
Truth Truth does not change, only our awareness of it. Malcolm X, Autobiography of Malcolm X  © 2021 Kwiple.com